Unspecified: Contract iPhone Developer

January 28, 2009

Simple and to the point, this post implies that if you’ve got iPhone experience, they’re willing to pay a good contract rate for your skills.  There’s no information to go on, but if you’ve got the skills, then you could follow up.

I’m inclined to believe that less than fifty percent of these brusque posts are actually a real job with no serious flaws, but I guess for a few areas, like iPhone dev, I could imagine that some of you are willing to take a risk now and again and find out who’s on the other end.


New Mediatrix: Drupal Developer

January 21, 2009

New Mediatrix is looking for a developer with Drupal experience:

The client, a not-for-profit organization, has an existing website. They would like to have a sub-site that allows them to keep track of their volunteer database. The front-end allows the volunteers to sign up, log in, edit info, apply for training, apply for volunteer positions, and participate in a discussion board. The back end is a CMS system in Drupal which allows the client to update all content on the sub-site, track volunteers, their training, upload files for download, moderate the discussion board, and send out emails to volunteers. The design of the front end has been designed by New Mediatrix and is completely based on the existing so layout and code is available from the client. Photoshop screens are also available. The back end will be designed this month as it si developed. The project is already in production but there is no developer at this time and development begins this week.

The Good
The project’s already lined up. It might be for a good cause. Given that this has already been quoted and budgeted, there’s a possibility that all the ducks are already in a row, and all you have to do is execute. It starts right away. If you’ve got the time and experience, you could get cracking.

The Bad
It’s just a possibility. These aren’t your ducks, your requirements and your budgets and schedules. Historically, it’s the projects that seem to be starting out well-organized that go the farthest off the rails, so this is a good time to make sure you’re not painting yourself into a corner that you’re going to have to walk away from (presumably getting paint all over your feet in the process).

What’s Missing?
They don’t talk about rates, presumably because you’re supposed to do that, although it’d be a shame to put together a quote and discover you’re way off the mark, particularly since they imply there’s already a budget in place. Then again, that’s a pretty common freelance dilemma.

Any serious quote is also going to need to know a lot more about the business requirements they’re referring to, or put up a wall of assumptions strong enough to deter the inevitable change requests. ‘A full schedule is available on acceptance of quote’ has a pretty ominous sound to it, so I might want to probe a little more about what’s likely to be in said schedule.

Your mileage may vary about using the phrase In Production to refer to a project in progress. Depending on the work environments you’re used to, this might be applied to projects that are live, in a production environment rather than a staging or development environment.

Your mileage may also vary on quoting on this level of detail — personally, I’d want to know more.

In Summary
If you’ve got some time on your hands and some experience with Drupal, this could be a good contract to pick up, particularly if you’re willing to ask a few questions to get on the right footing. On the other hand, if you’ve got Pligg experience, I’ve got someone else who wants to talk to you, so drop me a line.

SocialMedian: Java Developer in Hamburg, DE

January 19, 2009

If you’re interested in a little getaway, social|median is looking to get a “rock star” Java developer over to Hamburg, Germany for two or three months to do a quick Xing/Open-Social contract for them.  Although you’d need to work out specifics, it sounds like they’d pay for some relocation and expenses, and that after the first contract term is up, anything after t hat would be TBD.

Adobe Flex and Contract Rates

November 7, 2008

Adobe Flex is something I’ve considered spending more time with at several points.  It gives you a more application-like programming model while still having a decent number of options with respect to the back end.  There seem to be a number of Flex/Java hybrids out there, which lets me leverage my existing knowledge well, and most interestingly the contract rates tend to be pretty good: a $90/hr contract in Waterloo is the most recent reminder of that.

That said, I’m really rooting for the open web, and after seeing some of the limitations of Flex when it comes to working with REST APIs, I’m more skeptical than I once was.  It’s interesting, but I’m not sold.

Eagle CEO Blog: Job Market Quarterly Outlook

October 10, 2008

The CEO of Eagle has a blog, and the latest entry might be of interest to some of you in the Toronto market.  I’ll clip a couple choice quotes, or you can read more in his blog:

At this time last year, Canada was enjoying a 33-year low in unemployment with a rate of 5.9%, which, according to Stats Canada, has now risen to 6.1%. According to a recent Jobboom study, September was the Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA) ninth weakest employment month in 10 years, following the loss of 45,600 jobs over 3 months, across all industries. More specific to IT, the GTA is similar to other regions across Canada as it continues to have increased employment demands specific to certain skills, while others are experiencing slow-downs

The banking sector, feeling the hit from global economic events, is also seeing a slowdown in Toronto, while there is still healthy demand for consultants in other industries.

The entire IT industry is seeing a shift to more full time opportunities and many organizations in the GTA, like other parts of the country, are putting out contracts with the intent of offering full-time positions at the end of the term. Many contract consultants are becoming more accepting of these permanent jobs, potentially because of the economic slowdown or simply because they are at a stage in their life where they are seeking more stable employment. Other IT professionals are continuing to leave the Toronto area to seek contracts in other areas of the country – a trend causing some discomfort among hiring managers in the area.

JustAddHeat: Django/Python Web Developer (Contract, Part-Time)

September 25, 2008

Just Add Heat is looking for a web developer to do some hourly Django and Python contract work for their online storefront/reservation system on an as-needed basis:

  • Experience developing consumer facing web applications.
  • Experience working with Python, JavaScript. Bonus points for Django and/or Prototype.
  • Knowledge of relational database concepts and patterns. Bonus points for MySQL.
  • Familiarity with internet protocols like HTTP, REST and JSON.
  • Familiarity with Unix-based operating systems.

The Good
There’s not a ton of Django and Python work in Toronto, and that alone is enough for some people.  It’s also nice to have a good chance to see what you’d be working on before you agree to do so.  Lots of jobs and contracts don’t give you that opportunity.

The Bad
It’s intermediate work, there isn’t a lot of it.  

Your mileage may vary when it comes to doing part-time work, but if you’re already a free-lancer working with multiple clients, and you’ve got some time free, this is just the sort of thing you’d want to see.

Your mileage may also vary when it comes to describing REST or JSON as an internet protocol, but at least you’re dealing with someone who’s heard of REST and JSON. 

In Summary
This is basically custom-made for the freelancer-type — people doing contract work, but not locked into long full-time contract work where you can’t squeeze any time in for any other clients.  If that sounds like you and you know Python, and possibly Django, this could be interesting.

Unspecified: Application Integration Manager

July 22, 2008

A contract ‘manager’ role is a little unusual, but this posting for an Application Integration Manager has its good points:

We are looking for an outstanding professional contractor to work for our client on a six month contract. You will be working for a major player in the telecommunications arena. In this role you will be managing the relationship with extremely important clients through your adept skills and the breadth of your knowledge in relationship building, software development projects and integration.

What you will do:
-Perform client facing tasks ensuring client satisfaction through effective delivery
-Engage client as warranted to develop deliverables and manage expectations
-Lead the integration of client’s application with hosted middleware platform
-Implement the ecommerce application according to guidelines, budget, reqs etc
-Contribute to project estimation and planning phases

The Good
Notably, the pay.  $78/hr max should mean that you get paid $78k for the six-month contract.  That’s not mad money, but it’s not bad for six months work.

The Bad
Very little detail in some areas.  “Major player in the telecommunications arena” could mean a lot of different things.  What’s the work, what’s the process?  Who will you be working for and with?

Contract’s not for everyone.  You may be making more than $78k already, and have benefits.  To take this job, you have to quit, with only $78k promised, and even that might not pan out.

On the other hand, you can take your 78k, live frugally for the rest of the year, and relax, or start a startup, or find another job.  The world is your oyster.  Whatever that really means.

In Summary
If you have the freedom to take a contract right now, and you’re making less then $78/hr, this could be interesting.